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August 6, 2009

Lamm Forms Commissions to Tackle Pressing Issues

ABA President Carolyn Lamm’s areas of focus for the coming year address some of the legal profession’s most pressing concerns: ethics and the global practice of law, the bad economy and diversity. To address them, she has formed three commissions. 

The first is the Commission on Ethics 20/20, which she created to review lawyer ethics rules and regulation across the United States in the context of a growing global legal services marketplace. “Technological advances and globalization have changed our profession in ways not yet reflected in our ethics codes and regulatory structure,” Lamm said in explaining the reasons for the new commission.

Another Lamm initiative, the Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs, will assist Americans who are suffering from legal problems related to the recession.  It will also address the needs of lawyers displaced by the bad economy.

Lamm’s third commission seeks to advance diversity-enhancing efforts in the legal profession. Broadly considering diversity, the new Diversity Commission will not only address the concerns of people of color and women, but also people with disabilities and those of differing sexual orientations and gender identities.